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first_imgAfter weeks of teasers and promotions, Oppo has finally launched the successor to the F3 with the F5 at an event in the Philippines. The smartphone highlights a near bezel-less design, facial recognition, and a massive 20-megapixel front-facing camera with AI Beauty Recognition technology, among other things. The selfie-centric Oppo F5 has been priced at PHP 15,990 (approx. Rs 20,000) for the 4GB + 32GB model and will go up for pre-orders in the Philippines on October 27 with sales starting next week. The smartphone is expected to hit the Indian market on November 2.The Oppo F5 joins the ever growing list of smartphones with edge-to-edge displays. It sports a 6-inch FHD+ (1080×2160) display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, making it the company’s first full-screen smartphone. The handset sports a metallic build and with antenna lines on the back pushed to the edges on the top and bottom. Since the smartphone features slim bezels on the front, Oppo has moved the fingerprint sensor to the back just above the logo. It will be offered in a choice of Black and Gold colours as well as a Red colour option which is limited to the 6GB + 64GB configuration. The price of the higher storage variant is yet to be known.The smartphone runs on ColorOS 3.2 based on Android 7.1. It comes with a triple slot tray that supports two nano SIM cards and one microSD card. The handset is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6763T chipset with ARM Mali G71 MP2 800MHz GPU. The Oppo F5 comes in two storage options, one with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and the other with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage, both of which are expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.advertisementThe Oppo F5 stays true to the company’s selfie-centric roots and sports a huge 20-megapixel front sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The rear sees a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture.Both the cameras support LED flash. Oppo says that the front camera is integrated with AI-based beauty technology as well as a facial feature optimisation technology to help create the perfect selfie. “With more than 200 positioning spots, the F5 accentuates your facial landmarks and contours to enhance the symmetry between features like your eyes, nose, cheekbones and jawline to create the perfectly refined and natural selfie. Its beauty-iris tool ensures that your eyes will shine brighter in any photo.” It also has a Portrait mode for bokeh shots.Also Read: Xiaomi to launch selfie-centric phone in India on November 2, it could be Mi Note 3The smartphone packs a 3200mAh battery includes connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and OTG support, among others. Sensors include distance, light, G-sensor, E-compass. The Oppo F5 measures 156.5x76x7.5mm and weighs 152 grams.Interestingly, there have been reports that OnePlus will come out with its own bezel-less smartphone, called the OnePlus 5T and rumours have suggested that the smartphone will have a design language similar to the Oppo F5. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen as the OnePlus 5T is expected to launch after November 20. Meanwhile, you can expect the Oppo F5 to arrive in India on November 2 and will likely be priced around Rs 20,000.last_img read more

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first_imgIndia added five medals on Wednesday to take its tally to 15 at the ongoing Asian Games 2018.Shooter Rahi Sarnobat clinched a historic gold medal in 25m air pistol finals, while four bronze medals came in wushu.With yellow metal in shooting, Rahi became the first Indian female shooter to do so at the Asian Games.The 27-year-old held her nerve to pip Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a heart-stopping contest after both were tied at 34 points following 10 series of five shots each, taking it to a shoot-off.Asian Games 2018, Day 4: HighlightsBoth found the target four times in the shoot-off, leading to another shoot-off where Rahi shot three and the Thai two, ensuring a historic gold for the Kohlapur-born shooter. The bronze went to South Korea’s Kim Minjung.It was a great for Manu Bhaker as she cracked under pressure to finish sixth in the finals. The 16-year-old had a remarkable morning as she had shot 593 to equal the Games qualification record. Rahi had sneaked into the finals in seventh place, shooting 580.In the women’s Rifle 3 Positions event, Anjum Moudgil and Gayathri Nithyanandam failed to qualify for the final.FOUR MEDALS IN WUSHUAll the four Indian wushu players lost their semi-final bouts to settle for bronze medals but ensured that the country produced its best-ever performance at the Games.Naorem Roshibini Devi, Santosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Partap Singh and Narender Grewal lost their Sanda event semifinal bouts but in the process gave the Indian team an unprecedented four medals in the Asian Games.advertisementOur Wushu champions are doing wonderfully in Jakarta.Santosh Kumars skills have ensured he wins a Bronze in the 56 kg event. Proud of him. #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/2ntdcAuhrTNarendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 22, 2018Before this edition, India had taken part in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Asian Games and this four medal haul has been the best so far. In 2014 Incheon, India had won two bronze, with Grewal clinching one in men’s Sanda 60kg.Thus for Grewal, today’s bronze is his second medal in the Asian Games.In the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games, India had won one (bronze) and two (one silver, one bronze) medals respectively.Roshibini Devi was the first to take the field in women’s Sanda 60kg semifinals and she lost to Cai Yingying of China 0-1.Next up was Santosh Kumar in men’s Sanda 56kg category but he was no match to Truong Giang Bui of Vietnam as he lost 0-2 in the semifinal bout.Any hopes of an Indian wushu player appearing in the finals tomorrow went up in smokes as Partap Singh (men’s Sanda 60kg) and Grewal (men’s Sanda 65kg) lost their semifinal bouts.Partap Singh lost to Erfan Ahangarian 0-2 while Grewal was beaten by Akmal Rakhimov of Uzbekistan by the same margin.BIG WIN IN HOCKEYIndian men’s hockey team recorded its biggest ever win in international hockey on Wednesday by annihilating Hong Kong China 26-0 in a Pool B match.FT| The Indian Men’s Hockey Team score 26 goals against Hong Kong China in their third game of the @asiangames2018 which saw 4 players claim hat-tricks and a sublime team effort to achieve the large score-line on 22nd August 2018.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvHKG pic.twitter.com/UiqYtgzbsqHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 22, 2018India bettered its 86-year-old record when it defeated USA with a 24-1 margin in Olympics.Rupinderpal Singh (3rd, 5th, 30th, 45th, 59th minutes), Harmanpreet Singh (29th, 52nd, 53rd, 54th) and Akashdeep Singh (2nd, 32nd, 35th) scored a hattrick each, while Manpreet Singh (3rd, 17th), Lalit Upadhayay (17th, 19th), Varun Kumar (23rd, 30th), SV Sunil (7th), Vivek Sagar Prasad (14th), Mandeep Sinhgh (21st), Amit Rohidas (27th), Dilpreet Singh (48th), Chinglensana Singh (51st), Simranjeet Singh (53rd) and Surender Kumar (55th) were the other goal getters for India.MEDALS ASSURED IN TENNISIn tennis, Ankita Raina and top seeds men’s doubles pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan assured India of at least a couple of bronze medals in the tennis competition by progressing to the semi-finals.World no. 189, Raina dispatched Hong Kong’s Eudice Chong 6-4, 6-1 to enter the last four of the women’s singles competition. In all the five events, both losing semi-finalists get a bronze.Bopanna and Sharan, who don’t have much experience of playing together, played a solid match against the seasoned pairing of Yang Hsieh and Yang Tsung-Hua of Chinese Taipei.Prajnesh Gunneswaran got one step closer to a medal after advancing to the quarterfinals. He beat Vietnam’s Ly Hoang Nam 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.The women’s doubles pairing of Raina and Prarthana Thombare exited the women’s doubles competition with a 1-6 3-6 loss against Kazakhstan’s Danilina and Ainitdinova Gozal.advertisementCongratulations to our #TOPSAthlete @ankita_champ for advancing to the semifinals of the womens #Tennis singles event following a comprehensive 6-4, 6-1 victory over Eudice Wong Chong. All the best!#IndiaAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 #GoForGold @ITF_Tennis #SAI pic.twitter.com/Cl9hFKdhULSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 22, 2018The other men’s doubles pairing of Sumit Nagal and Ramanathan too crashed out of the competition.The only Indian pairing left in the mixed doubles draw is of Bopanna and Raina, who beat Wong Chun Hun and Eudice Chong of Hong Kong 6-4 6-4 to enter the quarter-finals.Ramkumar Ramathan, second seed in the men’s singles, disappointed in his round of 16 match against Jurabek Karimov of Uzbekistan.The world no. 134 played a serve and volley game for the majority of the match on the slow courts of Jakabaring Tennis Center and paid the price by losing 6-3 4-, 3-6 against the 428th ranked player.ROWERS REACH FINALIn rowing, Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh finished on top in men’s lightweight double sculls repechage round with a time of 7:14.23s to qualify for the final race to be held on August 24.In the women’s four repechage round, the Indian quartet of Sanjita Dung Dung, Annu, Navneet Kaur and Yamini Singh finished fourth with a time of 7:53.29s but still made it to the final to be held on August 24.The men’s lightweight eight team was the last to compete today and it also qualified for the final race by coming on top with a time of 6:15.62. The final will be held on August 24.Indian women’s teams, featuring Pranati Nayak, Pranati Das and Aruna Budda Reddy, finished 7th in the gymanstics final with a score of 138.050. They participated without Dipa Karmakar, who was forced to pull out due to an injury. China took the gold medal, while North Korea and Japan finished second and third respectively.India endured a disappointing end to their wrestling campaign at the Asian Games with Greco-Roman grappler Harpreet Singh losing his bronze medal bout on Wednesday.Harpreet, competing in a higher weight category (87kg), lost 3-6 to Kazakhstan’s Azamat Kustubayev.Harpreet was India’s lone medal hope after Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Naveen (130kg) and Hardeep (97) failed to reach the medal round.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 3, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 17:01 IST Virat Kohli will be leading India on the West Indies tour (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSRory Burns scored his maiden Test century against Australia on FridayJimmy Neesham said that Burns had more Ashes runs than Virat KohliWhile a lot of people found the joke quite funny, some shot back at NeeshamNew Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham is no stranger to tongue-in-cheek humour when it comes to his social media presence. Known to be an avid Twitter user, Neesham often takes people by surprise with his witty posts across social media platforms. One of his latest tweets which mentions Indian captain Virat Kohli is another prime example of Neesham’s excellent comic sense.After England opener Rory Burns scored a magnificent century in the ongoing 1st Ashes Test vs Australia, Neesham took the opportunity to compare the left-hander’s feat to that of Kohli albeit in the Ashes, which, for obvious reasons has never featured the Indian skipper.”Rory Burns now has more runs in his first Ashes innings than Virat Kohli has in his entire Ashes career”: wrote Neesham on Twitter.Rory Burns now has more runs in his first Ashes innings than Virat Kohli has in his entire Ashes career ?????Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) August 3, 2019Of course, Kohli fans were not going to get Neesham get away so easily and pounced at the opportunity to troll the Kiwi. On his part, Neesham didn’t hold back either and kept on replying to the tirade in his own inimitable way. Here is a glimpse of how the ‘battle’ unfolded:But he will never be able to surpass Virat Kohli’s runs in Asia Cup ??Akshay Sharma (@ViratsMSDBhakti) August 3, 2019Indians who played Ashes??Ranjitsinhji – 2 Ashes Hundred – 154* not out in f/o on debut, 175 at no 7 though he was ill.Duleepsinhji – 1 Ashes Hundred – 173Nawab of Pataudi – 1 Ashes Hundred on debut.??#Ashes #TheAshes #ENGvAUSadvertisementManish Chavda (@IManish_77) August 3, 2019Virat kohli has more centuries than the whole New Zealand team in Asia Cup????????Hrithik Saini (@imHrithik21) August 3, 2019#bants https://t.co/PGh0EqYYwAJimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) August 3, 2019Ok hey now that still hurts https://t.co/G25NnxdXsfJimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) August 3, 2019Hard to argue with that, hell of a bowler! https://t.co/PX5QM7gBFgJimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) August 3, 2019I don’t think you understand the premise of the joke.The joke is that Virat Kohli can’t play in the ashes because he’s Indian.Thus it would be a silly statement for me to compare his ashes runs to those of Rory Burns, an Englishman.It elicits a response of surprise https://t.co/eAnXW7KSe5Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) August 3, 2019Recently, Neesham was left shattered after New Zealand’s narrow defeat in a nerve-wracking final of the 2019 World Cup at the hands of England.Neesham, who came to bat in the super over, took to Twitter to express his emotions after New Zealand’s super over heartbreak in World Cup final. Neesham asked children not to take sports. Kiwi all-rounder thanked the fans for their support and congratulated the England team on their maiden World Cup triumph.Neesham asked the children to take up baking or something else as career.Kids, don’t take up sport. Take up baking or something. Die at 60 really fat and happy.Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 15, 2019Also Read | MS Dhoni’s absence great opportunity for Rishabh Pant to become a consistent performer: Virat KohliAlso Read | West Indies vs India, 1st T20I: Distractions aside, Virat Kohli’s men look to build a team for the futureFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow The AshesFollow Jimmy NeeshamFollow Virat KohliFollow Rory Burns Jimmy Neesham trolled after comparing Rory Burns and Virat Kohli’s Ashes careersNew Zealand all-rounder and popular Twitter personality Jimmy Neesham invited the wrath of a number of Virat Kohli fans when he jokingly rated Rory Burns higher than the Indian captain.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgShubman Gill shines for India A on Day 1 of 2nd unofficial Test vs South Africa AShubman Gill missed out on a hundred by 8 runs as India A reached 233 for 3 at stumps on Day 1 of the 2nd unofficial Test against South Africa A in Mysuru. advertisement Next Press Trust of India MysuruSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 18:33 IST Shubman Gill scored 92 for India on Day 1 of the 2nd unofficial Test (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGill struck 12 fours and a six in his 137-ball 92Karun Nair was unbeaten on 78 as India A reached 233 for 3 at stumpsWriddhiman Saha batted patiently for his unbeaten 36Shubman Gill shone again with a fine 92 as India A reached 233 for three by the end of first day’s play in the second unofficial Test against South Africa A here on Tuesday.Opener Gill struck 12 fours and a six before getting out eight runs short of a century. This is the second time he has missed out on the three-figure mark, having scored 90 in the first match at Thiruvananthapuram.The out-of-favour Karun Nair was batting on 78 and skipper Wriddhiman Shah was on 36 at stumps, which was called after 74 overs due to bad light.Sent in to bat by the visiting captain Aiden Markram, India A didn’t enjoy the best of starts with Bengal opener Abhimanyu Easwaran (5) falling leg-before wicket to Lungi Ngidi in the sixth over.Gujarat batsman Priyank Panchal, a prolific scorer in the domestic circuit like Easwaran, batted for 39 balls before getting dismissed to leave India A at 31 for two.The South African attack, which included Vernon Philander — who got some game time ahead of the first Test against at Visakhapatnam — Ngidi, Luthu Sipamla and Wiaan Mulder, bowled with a lot of discipline and did not offer the rival batsmen any easy scoring opportunities.Gill, who was joined by Nair, got a move on as the two played some good shots. They added 35 runs in less than 10 overs before the lunch break.The Punjab right-hander showed impressive technique in dealing with the pacers and spinner Dane Piedt, who had done well in the first match at Thiruvananthapuram.advertisementHe played some lovely shots on both sides and in Nair’s company, added 135 runs for the third wicket in 34 overs.Gill looked to be on course for a ton, after having missed out in Thiruvananthapuram, but gave a catch to Senuran Muthusamy off Sipamla.Nair, on his part, played some beautiful shots and was unbeaten when bad light brought about an early end to the day’s play.The Karnataka batsmen has so far added 67 runs with Saha for the fourth wicket.Philander bowled steadily but couldn’t pick up a wicket while Ngidi (1/41), Mulder (1/19) and Sipamla (1/54) got a scalp each.The India A team made a few changes with Saha coming in for K S Bharat and Kuldeep Yadav, who is in the squad for the Tests against South Africa replacing K Gowtham. Umesh Yadav, too, was brought into the playing XI in place of Shardul Thakur.Brief scores: India ‘A’ 233 for 3 in 74 overs (Shubman Gill 92, Karun Nair 78 batting, Wriddhiman Saha 36 batting, W Mulder 1/19).Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Shubman GillFollow India vs South Africa AFollow Karun NairFollow Wriddhiman Sahalast_img read more

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first_imgzoom Danish gas shipping company Evergas has taken delivery of the third 27,000 cbm ‘Dragon Class’ multi-gas carrier from the Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering shipyard in Qidong, China. The third multi gas carrier was named JS Ineos Intrepid, and is a part of a series of four identical vessels ordered by Evergas at Sinopacific back in 2013. The order was further expanded to eight vessels in 2014.All eight Dragons are chartered by INEOS Europe for the transportation of ethane to Europe from the Mariner East project in the USA. The carriers are purpose built for the transportation of ethane, although they can carry a wide range of petrochemical gases and LPG.The Dragon class vessels are 180 metres long and 26.6 metres wide, with a draft of approximately 9 metres.Similar to its two sister vessels – JS Ineos Insight and JS Ineos Ingenuity – JS Ineos Intrepid bears a distinct dragon symbolizing its Chinese and Western heritage. The dragon chosen to sail and protect JS Ineos Intrepid is the King of Sun.Evergas plans to take delivery of one more Dragon gas carrier by the end of the year, with the remaining four slated for delivery in 2016.last_img read more

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first_imgGwalior: Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday said party chief Sonia Gandhi would decide on the next Madhya Pradesh unit president and it would be acceptable to all.The former Guna MP’s statement comes at a time when there is speculation among political circles that he might look for options apart from the Congress if he is not made head of the MP unit. According to observers, Scindia has the backing of enough MLAs and ministers to create trouble for the Kamal Nath government whose wafer-thin majority in the 230-member House is due to the support of SP, BSP and Independent legislators. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Scindia had lost the race of CM to Nath narrowly after the Congress came to power in the state in December last year after 15 years of BJP rule. “Soniaji will take a call on MP Congress Chief. I had a talk with her. High command will take the decision, which would be accepted,” he told reporters here. Queried on speculations that former MP CM Digvijaya Singh was opposing his candidature as state unit head, Scindia asked mediapersons to put the question to the former, adding that “all were free to express themselves”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSingh, two days ago, had refuted media reports that Scindia had laid down an ultimatum to the party on the post of state chief. Singh had claimed such talk had no truth and were coming out of social media musings. “The day Soniaji decides, the new state Congress chief will be appointed. Right now, the post is not vacant as Kamal Nath is the MP Congress chief,” Singh had added. Incidentally, Scindia refused to answer queries on MP minister Umang Singhar accusing Singh of “destabilising” and “blackmailing” the Kamal Nath government. Speaking on other issues, Scindia said illegal mining in the state must be dealt with sternly.last_img read more

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Highlights at the close Wednesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,133.13, up 50.43 pointsDow — 21,892.43, up 27.06 pointsS&P 500– 2,457.59, up 11.29 pointsNasdaq — 6,368.31, up 66.42 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 79.33 cents US, down 0.57 of a centPound — C$1.6287, up 0.97 of a centEuro — C$1.5009, down 0.28 of a centEuro — US$1.1907, down 1.08 centsOil futures:US$45.96, down 48 cents(October contract)Gold futures:US$1,314.10 per oz., down $4.80(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$22.903 per oz., up 2.1 cents$736.33 per kg., up 67 cents read more

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by Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2014 6:04 pm MDT HALIFAX – The president of the Energy East Pipeline encouraged a business audience Wednesday to start registering for possible work on the proposed cross-country project.Steve Pohlod said in a speech at the Maritimes Energy Association in Halifax that the subsidiary of TransCanada (TSX:TRP) will need everything from security personnel for work camps to geotechnical experts and mechanical engineers if the 4,500-kilometre project is approved.The executive invited firms to start registering on a company website for a pre-qualification process.“The time to start is now. Though we’re in early days it’s never too early to start some of these activities,” Pohlod said at the evening gathering.The executive didn’t say precisely how much local work is guaranteed for firms from each province, but he said the company will consider hiring in the areas where it is building the pipeline.“We need to develop strategies that will develop local opportunities,” he said.Jeff Matthews, Irving Oil’s chief business development officer, said a $300-million marine terminal near Saint John would be a key export point for the western oil.He said in his speech the project would bring New Brunswickers back to the province to work.“The jobs are high wage, good paying. The bulk of new construction jobs will be at wage levels 25 to 35 per cent above the average employment income for all workers,” he said.“This should represent enough of a wage premium to attract back and keep Atlantic Canadians home to work.”However, opponents of the project have said there are many environmental concerns that still have to be addressed.The Conservation Council of New Brunswick says fishermen are concerned about a rise in supertanker traffic in the Bay of Fundy as a result of the project.Matthew Abbott, a spokesman for the group, says homeowners also want to know about the possible impact on water supplies and sports fishing groups have expressed concerns about river crossings in the 400 kilometres of the pipeline that will cross the province.Pipeline safety has been in the spotlight of late after a natural gas pipeline explosion south of Winnipeg, resulting in thousands of homes losing their heating source in the midst of frigid Prairie temperatures.The pipeline involved in the Jan. 25 explosion carries natural gas, posing different risks from the oil pipelines like Energy East and Keystone XL would.Explosions are less of a concern with oil pipelines, but the environmental impacts from a possible crude spill would be more severe.Pohlod said in his speech he realizes the environment and safety are the major concerns of the public.“We have been doing everything we can and we will do everything we can to ensure this is one of the safest pipelines ever built,” he said.Pohlod said the pipeline will use advanced technology, including thicker pipe under environmentally sensitive areas such as streams and rivers.“We’re going to have the type of monitoring equipment that will see data transported to our control room every five seconds along the entire length of this pipeline,” he said.“It will be capable of being shut down within minutes of any kind of a drop of pressure or any kind of a leak.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Local firms should register for slice of proposed west-east pipeline: executive read more

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The big thing in TV sets this year is … big TV sets LAS VEGAS, Nev. – What’s new in television sets this year? Incrementally better pictures, larger screens and cheaper prices — and that’s about it.True, set manufacturers are bombarding consumers with a whole series of buzzwords — OLED, 4K, 8K, HDR, QLED, wide colour gamut — intended to spur excitement and generate sales. Flashy new sets with these supposedly “must have” features are getting the spotlight Wednesday at the annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas.But when it comes down to it, none of these amount to revolutionary improvements for your living room. Set manufacturers may not have run out of technological tricks yet, but for this year, at least, they’re reduced to improving what’s already out there.“That’s a good thing,” said Gartner analyst Brian Blau, looking for the bright side. “Products need to be improved.”TRAPPED IN THE BOXSet manufacturers are in a bind. Gadgets like virtual-reality headsets and smartphones have snagged much of the buzz that flashy new TVs once had.And while all sorts of other gadgets are getting more intelligent, so-called smart TVs that manage streaming-video services and let you play games have largely left consumers cold . Instead, the brains behind such features have largely migrated to set-top boxes offered by the likes of Roku, Apple and Amazon — or by cable companies themselves.So TV makers like Samsung and LG have doubled down on what they know best: screen technology.These days, you’re seeing a lot more marketing buzz about “4K” sets, which offer twice the screen resolution of today’s high definition, or HD, sets. 4K technology is making a push into the mainstream this year, as prices come down and video providers offer more 4K streaming and channels.The next step in picture clarity is on its way with so-called 8K sets, which offer four times the resolution of HD, although the technology remains out of reach for most people. During the Summer Olympics last year, for instance, experimental 8K broadcasts were limited to public viewing areas in Japan.SEEING IN COLORSome TV makers are pushing curved-screen models, which aim to provide more immersive viewing by giving viewers a wider image via their peripheral vision. They’re also touting improvements in colour .OLED screen technology produces better colours in part because it doesn’t have to be backlit the way standard TVs do. But it’s more expensive. also, which has sold the majority of OLED sets, announced a high-end, ultra-slim model Wednesday that’s less than 4 millimeters (0.15 inch) thick; its price won’t be revealed until February. Sony also announced OLED sets at CES .Samsung, meanwhile, has been touting “quantum dot” technology, including a refined version called “QLED” announced Tuesday at CES. Quantum dot is essentially a layer of materials for purer colours and brighter displays. LG, Samsung and others also have “high-dynamic range,” or HDR, for brighter whites, darker blacks, and a wider range of colours. TCL has an HDR variant called Dolby Vision.DOES IT MATTER?Whether the average human eye can really appreciate all this — particularly on smaller screens — is another matter. 4K sets, for instance, offer sharper pictures than older HD screens, but the difference is nowhere as dramatic as the change from older standard definition to HD.And some of these technologies improve video only for the few movies and shows that support them. For now, technologies like HDR are high-end features for high-end sets, just as 4K was a few years ago.“There’s always a push-and-pull between what TV companies try to sell consumers and what they actually need,” IHS Markit analyst Paul Gagnon said.Ed Morrissey, a writer in Minneapolis, recently bought a 55-inch Samsung 4K TV with a curved screen and HDR, in part to future-proof a purchase he could be living with for almost a decade. “If I’m going to do something new, I want to make sure I have the emerging technology,” he said.It’s far from clear, however, which of the colour technologies will become standard. Buyers like Morrissey could end up stranded if, for instance, HDR fails to take off — just as buyers of 3-D sets were after the technology flopped.TV manufacturers are taking some other steps to make their sets more useful. Gagnon said he expects announcements from TV makers about how their sets will work with new home hubs such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home. And Samsung, Philips and others are allowing people to use smartphones and tablets and voice control to better navigate through channels and streaming services.RUNNING FOR 4KAbout 19 per cent of TVs sold in the U.S. in the past year were 4K, up from just 7 per cent a year earlier, according to NPD. That’s expected to increase to about one-third of TV sales in 2017, as TV makers unveil more models at a wider range of prices, including budget options.But HDTVs still suffice for many, especially those uninterested in large screens. 4K makes a difference only when the screen is large enough and the couch close enough.“4K is kind of too much for the amount of time I use it,” said John Murphy, a Barnstable, Massachusetts, retiree who bought a 50-inch Samsung HD TV recently to replace his 10-year-old Sony 42-incher.A BUYING OPPORTUNITYHigh-end screens and other technologies that were out of reach for most TV shoppers are becoming much more affordable. Consumers are snapping up bargains. NPD says there were 37.4 million TV units sold in the U.S. in the 12 months ending in September, up 4 per cent from a year ago. Over that time, the average TV selling price dropped 3 per cent to $432.For some buyers, lower prices means a chance to upgrade to bigger sets. Jon Abt, co-president of Abt Electronics retail store near Chicago, said the 55-inch “sweet spot” TV size for the family room seems to have jumped to 65-inch and larger.NPD said that 23 per cent of all TVs sold were 55 inches or bigger, up from 20 per cent a year earlier.“We’ve seen strength across all categories, small screen, large screen, older technology and newer tech,” NPD analyst Stephen Baker said. He said the combination of lower prices, picture quality and screen size has “brought a lot of customers back into the market.” David VanderWaal, vice president of marketing for LG Electronics USA, unveils the LG Signature OLED TV W during an LG news conference before CES International, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 4, 2017 9:32 am MDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2017 at 10:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) caries the ball down the court in a game against Dayton. OSU lost, 60-59, at First Niagara Center March 20.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has bolstered its strength of schedule for the upcoming season with the addition of a former national champion.OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg confirmed Thursday the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Louisville Cardinals Dec. 2 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.The matchup is one of 14 games set to be played as a part of the 16th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The previous two challenges were split by the two conferences.The Cardinals, which won the 2013 NCAA national championship, finished the 2013-14 season 31-6 and 15-3, including a win over the eventual national champion Connecticut in the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship game. Louisville fell to rival Kentucky in the Sweet 16, 74-69.The Buckeyes’ season ended when OSU lost to the Dayton Flyers in the second round of the NCAA tournament, 60-59.OSU is set to enter the 2014-15 season without three of its starters from last season as junior forward LaQuinton Ross declared for the NBA Draft and senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. are set to graduate. Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle also left the program to pursue a professional career in Italy.The Buckeyes are set to welcome a top five recruiting class to Columbus, according to ESPN, as well as bringing in transfer forwards Anthony Lee, a former redshirt-junior from Temple, and Trevor Thompson, a former freshman from Virginia Tech. Lee will be eligible to play immediately for coach Thad Matta, while Thompson is expected to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer regulations. read more

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first_imgAAIC Bullion Refineries Group (ABRG) through its associate, PT ABRG Indonesia, has signed an Offtake Agreement with Indonesian mining company, CV Putra Gading Emas. The agreement is the second major Indonesian mining contract for ABRG, with the first signed in September with a Papuan based mining company, CV Paniai Mining Papua Indonesia.  Both agreements aim at feeding ABRG’s refinery in Malaysia with a minimum of 1.875 t/month of gold rich concentrate. Indonesia, has been ABRG’s main source for raw gold to feed its new Nabi Ayoub refinery in Shah, Alam, Malaysia, which is due to open by the end of 2011.Putra Gading Emas will make delivery of a minimum of 1.5 t/month of gold rich concentrate, which will be exported to Malaysia. This will produce in excess of 120 kg of 999.5 or 999.9 purity gold each month. This new agreement is valid for 20 years and has an automatic renewal option to extend for a two ten year periods at the end of each term.Patrick Harvey, Group Managing Director of ABRG, together with PT ABRG Indonesia Managing Director, Hari Prasetiya, signed the agreement with Hamzah Pansuri SE, Managing Director of Putra Gading Emas in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prasetiya said: “We have been working on this deal since March and we are pleased to conclude this important agreement for both PT ABRG Indonesia as well as for CV Putra Gading Emas. This I am sure will further boost ABRG’s presence in Indonesia.”Pansuri said: “As billions of dollars are being invested in Sumbawa by Newmont Mining, it is important for the local miners to have a strong international refining partner to work with and so we are very happy to have allied with ABRG”CV Putra Gading Emas runs a medium-size mining operation in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, part of the Lesser Sunda Islands off the southern Indonesia island of Java.Commenting on recent successes in Asia, Harvey said: “These two recent agreements from our Indonesian unit, are particularly important to us as a group.  The revenue generated from them alone will put us through our breakeven point and into operating profit. The terms of the agreements, each for up to 40 years, will place a solid rock of stability under our group as we expand into markets outside of Asia”.ABRG conducts precious metals refining, trading, and financing in one public listed company and operates through a network established in 115 countries.last_img read more

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The new home of the French team Pays d’Aix Université Club Handball – Arena du Pays d’Aix will open it’s doors on October 11, for the match of LidlStarligue Round 5 against Chambery Savoie. PAUC Handball coach, legendary Jerome Fernandez, will definitely open a new chapter of the club’s history by taking his guys to the battle for the first points in brand-new multipurpose Arena with capacity between 6.000 and 8.500 seats.The whole project costed about 72.000.000 EUR.PAUC Handball ended last season at 8th place, which was the best result in club’s history which starts in the elite competition only few years ago.However, with this new complex, PAUC have everything to become serious contender for the places in European competitions.Take a look how it is inside of Arena which will be officialy open by performing of DJ Fedex.PHOTO: PAUC HANDBALL ← Previous Story RK Crvena zvezda win in Serbian “eternal derby” Next Story → Austria to play against Serbia in EHF week Arena du Pays d’Aix read more

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first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Monday Northern Ireland, U2 and prison sentences had people talking today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 16 Jan 2017, 9:23 PM No Comments 10,879 Views INTERNATIONAL Short URL Jan 16th 2017, 9:23 PM Angler Alan Wilson, from Glasgow, on the River Tay in Kenmore, near Perth, Scotland on the opening day of the salmon fishing season. Source: PA Wire/PA Images#ORLANDO: The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter was arrested today by the FBI.#BRAZIL: 26 inmates were killed as gangs beheaded rivals in a Brazilian prison riot.#MEXICO: At least five people were killed in a shooting at a nightclub in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen.PARTING SHOTThis video is going to be used to lure Americans to holiday in Ireland. Will it do the trick?center_img House prices are forecast to rise by double digit percentage points this yearU2 tickets sold out in minutes – but could be bought for €1,000The body of a 16-year-old was found in CorkA former Anglo Irish Bank executive was fined for failing to keep proper record of an €8 million loanThe family of Dale Creighton were unhappy with the sentences given to his killersA Dublin man was jailed for membership of the Real IRAA woman in her 60s died in a road accident By Paul Hosford Share1 Tweet Email NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND U2 Fans from Brazil after they bought tickets for this July’s Croke Park concert in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre today. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3190159 Get our daily news round up: The Northern Ireland Secretary announced an election for 2 MarchA man died after falling off a roof in Kerrylast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Travelling voters and the choice of air travel over other means of transport brought about a 40.2 per cent annual rise in domestic passenger traffic through the country’s airports last month, according to figures published on Thursday by the Civil Aviation Authority.This follows the announcement of a 43.9 per cent annual increase in domestic traffic at Athens International Airport, as besides travelling for the January 25 election, weather problems led to a rise in the use of air travel over ferries.The total number of passengers passing through the country’s airports in January came to 1.617 million, of whom 855,459 were on domestic flights and 762,485 on international flights. This translates into a total increase of 31.4 per cent in all passengers from January 2014, as international traffic rose by 21.9 per cent.last_img read more

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first_imgPlanning familial : vers un remboursement de tous les contraceptifs ?France – Le planning familial a annoncé hier le lancement d’une campagne nationale qui aura lieu les 28 et 29 mai, et dont l’objectif sera d’obtenir le remboursement de tous les contraceptifs. Toutes les méthodes de contraception ne sont pas prises en charge par l’assurance maladie et sont souvent trop chères dénonce le planning familial. Choisir la  meilleure contraception (patch, anneau, préservatif masculin ou féminin, diaphragme, pilule…) n’est donc pas réellement possible.Afin d’alerter le ministère de la Santé sur l’absence de choix réel de contraception, le planning familial invite les femmes, les sages-femmes et les médecins à remplir des cartes-réponses qui attesteront de ce problème. Ces dernières seront ensuite envoyées à la ministre de la Santé Roselyne Bachelot, ainsi qu’au planning familial. Le 19 mai 2010 à 11:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Recreated in 300-Foot Embroidered TapestryPop-Up NYC Museum Highlights Burden of Single-Use Plastics Stay on target With gooey, boneless bodies covered in slime, long arms covered in suckers, and beautiful shells, mollusks are some of the strangest creatures on the planet. The mollusk group includes such diverse critters as the oyster, snail, and octopus — making it the perfect subject for the world’s smallest museum.“Every time you’ve seen an alien in a movie, it’s probably been based on a mollusk,” says Amanda Schochet, co-founder of MICRO, the nonprofit organization that designed and built the the Smallest Mollusk Museum. “They’re slimy, they’re tentacled… they’re about as different from us as we could possibly imagine. Though if you go back to the origin story, we came from the same little blob a long time ago.”And that’s exactly where the Smallest Museum begins its story: the evolution of mollusks over the last 650 million years.MICRO’s Smallest Mollusk Museum explores the last 650 million years of life on earth. (Photo Credit: MICRO)“But [mollusks] are not aliens at all,” Schochet says, pointing to the Pepper’s ghost hologram of a Nautilus positioned at a perfect child height to draw the little ones in. “They’re from earth just like us — and in fact, they became their familiar form much earlier than us.” For example, she says, the Nautilus’ ancestor was once a giant apex predator in the ocean, eating our ancestor — who hadn’t even developed a jaw or eyes yet. “But the times have changed,” she continues. “Now we are what we are — and we’re hunting the Nautilus almost to extinction just because we think its shell is pretty.”Walking around the four-sided, six-foot tall Smallest Mollusk Museum, you learn about some of the ways that mollusks have developed unique adaptations for survival. Some have radulas (a tongue that many mollusks have, made up of a conveyor belt of teeth), while others, such as cephalopods, have skins that can camouflage due to little pigment balloons that are controlled by neurons. There is also a 3D printed model of the octopus’s brain that shows how these creatures can swallow through a small hole in the middle of their brain, as well as information about how their arms — which are not controlled by their brain the way ours are — actually “think” for themselves.“If an octopus is hungry, it just says to its arms ‘I’m hungry’ and every arm has its own hunting style,” says Schochet. “Some arms are more brave and will see if there is a crab under a rock, and some arms are more timid and won’t go there [because] the brain isn’t telling them how to hunt.”This is also why an octopus can lose a limb to a predator (or even pull it off “just because the arm is annoying and has a bad personality,” says Schochet) and that dismembered arm can live up to an hour, still hunting for food on its own.MICRO’s Smallest Mollusk Museum also has information about all the ways that mollusks experience the world, such as through chemoreceptors (tongues and noses) on their arms, legs, hands and feet (like the squid or octopus); or through a foot covered in tongues (like snails.) On side three, you can even see a box full of slime — the amount that would be needed for a snail to cross the Brooklyn Bridge over its 10 day journey.The museum also discusses the different lifespans of mollusks: did you know that the octopus, despite being the smartest invertebrate we know of, only lives about three years? But others — like clams — can live incredibly long lives, as long as no predator finds them. For example, Ming the Clam lived to be 507 years old.There is also a beach crime scene “whodunnit” section, where you can figure out whether it was an octopus, a crab, a zebra snail, or moon snail that killed the clam whose shell washed up on the beach. And on the final side, the museum highlights how humans are having an impact on mollusks and are causing their extinction.Amanda Schochet, co-founder of MICRO, at the Smallest Mollusk Museum at Lincoln Medical Center. (Photo Credit: Simone Scully)“By the end, hopefully we know a little bit more about mollusks,” says Schochet. “Maybe they feel more alien, maybe they feel less alien, but the reality is… we are more like an alien horror movie than they are. We eat them alive, we’re dumping slime into their habitat and we’re destroying their earth.”“When you look at all the animals that have gone extinct since the 1500s that we’ve documented, 41 percent have been mollusks,” she continues. “They are really, really sensitive to our behavior. They’re brilliant and unique and unbelievably cool. We have so much to learn but we’re losing them. So we encourage our visitor to start to see themselves as part of this broader system.”“It’s not just us here in New York and mollusks out in nature. We’re all one thing.”In fact, that is why Schochet was so excited by the idea of creating a mollusk museum in the first place. The whole idea had come after she had misheard her partner and MICRO co-founder, Charles Philipp, say he was visiting the smallest museum.“I heard the mollusk museum and I was super excited about a mollusk museum,” she says. “I had just moved to New York and New York City has a very long history of mollusks.” As far back as 6950 B.C., oysters thrived in the waters around New York Harbor, and Pearl Street was even paved by the Dutch in the 18th century with discarded oyster shells. Throughout the 19th century, oysters were everywhere in the city — on average, people ate around one million oysters every day at that time. “We supplied the rest of the world with oysters,” Schochet said. “[But] between over-harvesting and pollution, now we don’t have that many left.”MICRO’s Smallest Mollusk Museum in Bellevue. (Photo Credit: Ricardo Monge)Of course, Phillip wasn’t going to a mollusk museum — there wasn’t one in existence — so they decided to create the world’s first one.They also decided to make their museum accessible in a way that other institutions — including other Natural History Museums — usually are not. Many museums are located in the upscale neighborhoods of large cities, which means they’re still too out-of-the-way for most people to visit regularly. Schochet and Philipp wanted to do the opposite — they wanted to put it in high traffic, public places.“We decided we were going to put [the first Smallest Mollusk Museum] in a health clinic in our neighborhood because we really hate waiting times or places where people feel dehumanized. We wanted it to be a gift for a place like that,” she says. They designed their museum to be small — since space is often a premium, especially in New York City — and portable so that it could become a traveling exhibit that can be placed in a number of public locations, including libraries, airports, schools, DMVs, and hospitals, such as the Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx, where a Smallest Mollusk Museum is currently on display in this public hospital’s lobby.“We like to prioritize places where we’re reaching people who might not otherwise have a fun experience like this,” Schochet says. That’s why they work with funders to ensure that places, like the New York public hospital system, get to put the museum on display for free since MICRO knows that there is little patient experience budget for fun experiences like this.They also worked very hard to make the Smallest Mollusk Museum feel accessible and “for” everyone. They worked with over 40 researchers, as well as designers, journalists, artists and animators to create their first prototype of the mollusk museum. Then they spent 6 months testing it in front of audiences to make sure that it was having the impact they wanted. Once that testing period was over, they re-designed and adjusted the museum to be just right. They scrubbed it of all complicated scientific jargon and honed in on the storyline they wanted to tell. And when it was ready, they sent it out into the world.MICRO’s Perpetual Motion Museum is now audience testing across NYC. (Photo Credit: MICRO)Today, there are four mollusk museums on display, says Schochet, and there are 3 more on the way. But they’re not stopping there. Schochet and Philipp are currently audience testing a MICRO Perpetual Motion Museum and they have even started brainstorming an idea for a third museum — though that topic will remain a secret, at least for now.“Our goal is to be the most visited museum in the world,” says Schochet. “We want to be reaching new audiences — people who didn’t know they cared about science. We want to get into rural areas [and] into Canada.”“Hopefully we’ll escape New York soon,” she continues. “It’s important to bring this to places that don’t have another museum nearby.”More on Geek.com:Dr. Laser’s Lab: Inside the World’s Oldest Museum of HologramsScientists ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Cuttlefish Population GrowthEerie, Underwater Sculptures Are Helping the Ocean’s Coral Reefslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Argentinean footballer was rumored to be transferred away from Paris Saint-Germain, but he is happy to be at the French clubThere were many rumors during the summer about Argentinean footballer Angel Di Maria.The Paris Saint-Germain footballer was transferred to the French Ligue 1 in 2015, after playing in Real Madrid and Manchester United.Since then, he scored 30 goals in 94 matches for his team.His current contract expires in June 2019, but he doesn’t believe he will move away from Parc des Princes.“I am very happy here, so I can only wait to see what will happen,” Di Maria said to L’Equipe.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“The coach immediately came to talk to me, he made me understand that he was counting on me, that I was important to the team. I think he has come to win the Champions League … and we have a good chance of winning because we have Neymar, Mbappe and Edinson Cavani. The best!”“The club knows what I want, we’ll see. I’d like to continue here, but I have always said that I would like to finish my career in Argentina. I hope that my last club in Europe will be Paris,” he added.72′ PSG make a second sub: Marco Verratti replaces Angel Di Maria #OGCNPSG 0-2 pic.twitter.com/Xab0CZzuow— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) September 29, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgHuddersfield Town midfielder Danny Williams was left disappointed after their narrow 1-0 defeat at Arsenal but says he’s “proud” of their performance.Huddersfield kept Arsenal’s attack at bay until the 83rd-minute when Lucas Torreira produced a stunning finish to condemn the visitors to their third defeat in a row, but Williams believes every player should be proud of their contribution.“It’s frustrating because we gave them a good game. Our game plan was to press them high and I think especially in the first half we did that very well,” Williams told the club’s website.“Second half we got a bit tired because of all the work we put in during the first half, but the fans of Arsenal got frustrated and stuff, so we thought ok, there’s something in this today.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Unfortunately, in the 85th minute they scored 1-0 and obviously, the quality they have they kept playing it down, so well done to them, but we can be proud of our performance today.“Everyone can see the progress we are doing, especially compared to last season.“Against Liverpool, Tottenham, we’ve given them all a good game, so like I said we can be proud of what we did today. The result was unfortunate, but I think we can be happy with the performance.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is challenging the United States Congress and the Clinton Administration to work together to stop the erosion of the federal safety net for U.S. farmers and ranchers. ASA President Mike Yost said, “American farmers agreed to accept reductions in income supports under the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform (FAIR) Act of 1996 based on Congressional assurances that policies to improve global competitiveness, enhance risk management, and bolster agricultural research would be expanded. We are now challenging Congress and the Administration to make good on those commitments by taking specific actions to boost agricultural exports and support farm income before the November mid-term elections.”In May of this year, ASA stressed to Congressional leaders the critical need for a number of specific policies. Since that time, only minimal progress has been made,” commented Yost. “Neither Fast Track trade negotiating authority nor replenishment of the International Monetary Fund has been enacted by Congress. The limited sanctions relief measures currently under consideration would not allow U.S. agricultural exports to resume to key markets. No action has been taken to expand export credit or foreign food assistance programs, or to either use or shift Export Enhancement Program funds to other initiatives. Increased support for agricultural research through the annual appropriation process is also in doubt. And there is no consensus that Congress will consider legislation providing tax relief for farmers and ranchers before adjournment in October.”In the absence of substantial progress on the priorities, the prospect of continuing low prices in 1999 and future years will force ASA to consider alternative measures to support farm income. These would include changes in domestic programs to enhance income support and other forms of producer assistance under the FAIR Act,” Yost stated.”During the last four months, prices for 1998 crop soybeans on the Chicago Board of Trade have fallen from $6.10 to $5.18 per bushel as production forecasts have risen to a record 2.85 billion bushels,” according to Yost. “If these projections are realized at harvest, the value of this year’s soybean crop will have declined by over $2.6 billion, or 15 percent. In addition, harvest pressures are likely to depress prices even further. Under these circumstances, it is imperative that Congress and the Administration take immediate action to increase soybean demand and provide a viable income safety net for U.S. soybean producers. ASA is asking for:The Administration must expand the foreign food purchase and donation program announced for wheat and wheat products in July to include soybeans and soybean products. In addition, P.L. 480 (the Food for Peace Program) must be restored to its funding level of 1980, and reforms made to make more countries eligible, including Russia. ASA has identified ten appropriate foreign markets capable of receiving 110,000 metric tons of soybean, 119,000 tons of soybean oil, and 115,000 tons of soybean meal. Exporting these quantities through foreign food assistance programs would raise soybean prices by nearly 8 cents per bushel, adding $217 million in value to the projected 1998 U.S. soybean crop.Congress must enact legislation to allow vehicle fleets regulated under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to earn credits toward meeting EPACT requirements by operating on a 20/80 percent blend of biodiesel/diesel fuel (B-20). Versions of this legislation have been included in the Senate FY-1999 agriculture appropriation bill and approved by the House Commerce Committee. Use of B-20 blends by diesel-powered vehicles in EPACT fleets would add 11 cents per bushel to soybean prices.Fast Track trade negotiating authority must be enacted and the full $18 billion replenishment for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved before Congress adjourns. Further delay in providing Fast Track authority will imperil the ability of the U.S. to advance its negotiating objectives – including the Level Playing Field for oilseeds and oilseed products and harmonized trade in agricultural biotech products – in the next WTO Round. Export of soybeans and soybean products to IMF-assisted countries in Asia are down by $182 million from last year’s levels. Restoring Fast Track and IMF funding are vital to ensuring U.S. soybean markets in both the short and long-term.Trade sanctions restricting U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Iraq must be eliminated. There is no evidence that any of these embargoes has had any impact on the target countries. Instead, U.S. competitors have moved to take over these former U.S. markets. Based on historical sales levels and subsequent growth, lost U.S. exports of soybeans and soybean products total $71.8 million to Cuba, $53.8 million to Iran, $14.4 million to North Korea, and $4.7 million to Iraq.The Administration must reactivate the GSM-5 Direct Export Credit Program and revise regulations for operating the Supplier Credit Program. Both of these credit tools could expand soybean sales to countries that lack sufficient creditworthiness, or where private sector entities have replaced government agencies as negotiating parties. In addition, the GSM-102 Export Credit Guarantee Program must be utilized to the full $5.0 billion authorized in the FAIR Act.The FY-1999 agriculture appropriations conference report must include report language ensuring funding of the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program at the current operating level of $32 million. The report must also provide $120 million to fund the agriculture research initiative authorized in the Research Title of the FAIR Act. Adoption of these provisions is essential if adequate funding of soybean market development activities abroad and soybean research programs is to be assured.Tax legislation must be enacted that provides permanent authority for Income Averaging by farmers and ranchers, and establishes Farm and Ranch Risk Management (FARRM) Accounts to enable agriculture producers to better manage annual variation in their cash flow. The Joint Tax Committee has estimated the benefit of these provisions to U.S. producers would total over $100 million annually.last_img read more

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first_imgLike the majority of Apple’s products and services, the release of the iCloud service has been surrounded by lots of questions, and equal amounts of media attention. The software company put an end to some of that speculation today, releasing iCloud’s launch date: now officially set for October 12.The iCloud service, which will be a free download for Apple users, automatically stores user content to the cloud; enabling users to access content across any iOS platform through their existing Apple IDs. According to the Apple press statement, if a user downloads new content to one device, the purchase is automatically stored in iCloud and is accessible from any iOS device, without additional user updates to separate devices. iCloud will also store users’ iTunes purchasing history.iCloud’s release will coincide with the release of the iOS 5 mobile operating system, which includes the long-awaited Newsstand feature (Apple calls Newsstand “a new way to purchase and organize your newspaper and magazine subscriptions”). Publishers are relying on this new feature to showcase their latest cover art, as well as make new content easily discoverable for subscribers.According to the Christian Science Monitor, if an Apple device is plugged into a power source and is able to access a Wi-Fi network, Apple will automatically back up users’ content across devices.last_img read more